Winter League

Winter Registration Now Open!


Season Overview

  • Who: Boys & Girls – 3/4th – 8th Grade
  • Where: Portland, Saco, and surrounding gyms.
  • Cost: $995 per team /$100 deposit per team to hold a spot.
  • Season runs from November 17 to February 11th
  • Deadline to register is November 1st
  • No gate fee until playoffs
  • In the SMHL no team is responsible for providing a gym or hosting games.  
  • SMHL teams are grade-based on the highest grade of a player on your team. There are five grade levels for boys & girls (3/4th grade / 5th grade / 6th grade / 7th grade / 8th grade). 
  • The schedule for the first half of the season will be out before the first games are played. Then, to ensure competitive games for the rest of the season, we will move teams up or down. The mission of the SMHL is to provide competitive playing opportunities for ALL teams and players. But, for all playoffs, teams will play in their grade levels. So, for example, if a 5th-grade team is moved up to a 6th-grade schedule to get competitive games in the second half of the season, in the playoffs they will be moved back to compete against 5th-grade teams. 
  • Each team will play 13 games plus playoffs for eligible teams. The season will end the week before February vacation. Teams may play up to 2 gamers per weekend barring unforeseen circumstances. If needed additional games may be scheduled. 
  • Playoffs will be single elimination. 
  • One referee will be provided for all games. In the playoffs, two officials will be used. 
  • You may enter more than one team in the same level or in different age groups.
  • No player may be on the roster of more than one team, nor play on more than one team, at any level. If a player does play on two separate teams both teams will be ineligible for tournament play.
  • The SMHL is for teams coming from the same town, school, or school district. There are to be no AAU or All-Star teams.
  • If for any reason, a team is comprised of players other than in the three allowable options, (same town, same school, or same school district) the team may play in the regular season but will not be eligible for tournament participation. An asterisk will be placed beside their name.


  • There shall be NO zone defense played by any team in grades 6th and under. Man to man defense must be always played, double teaming is only allowed inside the arc. Help defense is allowed but it must result in switching or returning to your original man rather than double teaming. 
  • Only 7th & 8th grade teams may use any defense desired. 
  • 60 minutes will be allotted for scheduling game times. 
  • Teams will be given 5 minutes for pre-game warmup and 3 minutes at halftime. 
  • There is to be no shooting around by other teams during timeouts as coaches are speaking with their teams. 
  • Each team will get (3) 60-second timeouts during regulation and (1) total during overtime. 
  • Each game will be 2 (20) minute running time halves, with stop time during timeouts and the last 2 minutes of each half. 
  • If a team is up by 20+ points there will be running time. 
  • Overtime will be 2 minutes long (stop time) and, should there be a second overtime, it will be sudden win. Each overtime period will begin with a jump ball. 
  • Teams will be in the bonus situation on the 7th foul (1&1) and in double bonus on the 10th foul (2 shots) . 
  • Players will foul out on their 6th foul. 
  • In grades 6 and below teams may only press (man to man) in the last 3 minutes of the GAME. 
  • If a coach or player receives a second technical foul in the season they will be suspended for one game. A third technical foul will result in removal from the league. 
  • Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their fans. 
  • Coaches are responsible for providing one person to run either the score clock or to keep the scorebook games will not begin until the score table is set.